More than 100 companies promising 8,000 jobs told the IDA during the last six months that they will set up shop or expand here.
That’s about a thousand jobs more than the same period last year and follows a robust period for the agency which has seen major job announcements Deutsche Bank, Symantec and eBay.
That means job creation is now at record levels.
Many of these new jobs are outside Dublin. Biopharma group Regeneron is creating 300 long-term jobs in Limerick as well 600 construction jobs for the next three years as the company ploughs €300m into building a factory there. Dundalk, Athlone, Galway and Mayo have also done well although the south east has once again been overlooked.
Around two fifths of the investment is coming from companies new to Ireland.
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